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Record number 401922
Title Health benefits of nature experience: psychological, social and cultural processes
Author(s) Hartig, T.; Berg, A.E. van den; Hagerhall, M.
Source In: Forests, Trees and Human Health, Part 2 / Nilsson, K., Sangster, M., Gallis, C., Hartig, T., de Vries, S., Seeland, K., Schipperijn, J., Springer Science + Business Media - ISBN 9789048198054 - p. 127 - 168.
Department(s) CL - The Human Factor
Cultural Geography
Publication type Peer reviewed book chapter
Publication year 2011
Abstract In this chapter we consider how experiences of nature can affect human health and well-being. We first address the matter of ‘what has been’; that is, we sketch the development of theory and research concerned with health benefits of natural environments, from ancient times to the current situation. This shows the current research to be a recent expression of a number of long-running, intertwined, social and cultural processes. We then discuss ‘where we are now’; that is, we overview current theories and related research concerning processes through which nature experience might provide health benefits. These processes concern environmental preferences, psychological restoration, and learning and personal development. Finally, we consider ‘where we are going’; that is, we consider some additional directions for research and we identify some issues that research will have to address in the foreseeable future.
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